If you think this infringes on your right to bear arms, get back to me with proof of your current membership in a well-regulated militia (WRM). I hear a WRM is necessary to the security of a free State. Unregulated gun ownership is not.
Following Budweiser’s lead when it rebranded as America, I tried to have a little fun emulating one of the dumber marketing gimmicks ever. I changed my Twitter name to B.J. America and my blog to “The America (formerly Smith) Compound.”
My wife never really embraced the notion of being Mrs. America, or Ms. America, but I thought it was worth a try.
My intent was to change back to Smith after Election Day 2016. That’s when America beer will go back to being Budweiser, after what the foreign-owned company’s spokesman predicted would be “the most patriotic summer that this generation has ever seen.”
How a summer can be patriotic was never really explained.
The thing is, I couldn’t wait until November. I’m not exactly proud of the way America is acting lately.
The name has become too much of an embarrassment. Our discourse, if we can even call it that, has gotten too ugly.
Some elements have gone well beyond ugly. The words toxic and unhinged come to mind.
Candidate Trump is a dangerous GOP mistake who spreads lies and bigotry and plays on the fears and prejudices of millions of Americans to further his incoherent political agenda. Congress continues to do nothing to confront our national addiction to gun violence. We are complicit by accepting their inaction.
A few weeks ago, I posted a simple equation as a comment on a news story about toddlers and others who had been shot over the weekend.
Armed = dangerous
Just yesterday I learned that it isn’t simple enough for some gun-ownership advocates to comprehend. One asked me what it means. Another, if I understood the fuzzy thinking, took it to mean that I am for banning personal firearms ownership. When I said that I am for no such thing (I used the term “paranoid bullshit”), I was called a liar.
The equation neither says nor implies anything about intent. It’s a simple statment of fact. An armed person is a dangerous person. If good guys with guns weren’t a danger to bad guys with guns, what would be the point?
Unfortunately, armed men and women with the best of intentions routinely prove to be dangerous to themselves and others by handling firearms carelessly, wrongly assuming weapons are not loaded, and accidentally shooting themselves and others.
Armed people who don’t understand that carrying a deadly weapon makes them dangerous need to learn this.
Responsible gun owners recognize the danger that is inherent in carrying firearms. They learn how to handle guns to prevent accidental discharges. They keep guns out of the hands of children who don’t have the knowledge, judgment or experience to handle deadly weapons safely.
You hear news reports of suspects at large who are described as “armed and dangerous.” That they are armed says it all.